Terps Men's Soccer Loses ACC Battle, 2-0, At Clemson

Oct. 28, 2001

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Maryland men's soccer team lost a 2-0 decision Sunday on the road to No. 9 Clemson. The Terrapins fall to 7-6-1 (0-3-1 ACC), while Clemson is 12-3 (2-1 ACC).

It was an evenly-matched opening 25 minutes with only three shots combined before Clemson strung together a dangerous series of passes in front of the Maryland goal. Terrapin goalkeeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) charged the play in an attempt to clear when the Tigers regained the slight advantage. Palmer could not recover in time to stop Clemson's Paul Souders' shot that rolled into the lower right side of the net for his second score of the year and the eventual game-winner.

Clemson struck again in the 62nd minute when Souders sent a neat corner kick into the far post to sophomore Steven Rhyne. Rhyne tucked the ball just inside the left post to make it a 2-0 Tiger advantage.

The Terps' Bryan Vitagliano (Scotsdale, Va.) had the best chance of the afternoon, firing in the 80th minute from just outside the 18 and hitting the left side of the crossbar.

Maryland's Palmer made several outstanding saves down the stretch, finishing with four. Clemson's Doug Warren earned the shutout with one save. Maryland held the slight advantage on shots, while Clemson fouled at almost a two-to-one pace. Two Terps and one Tiger were carded in what is always a heated battle between the two ACC schools.

Maryland next meets Holy Cross in a Halloween night match-up at 7 p.m. on Ludwig Field. Clemson plays at No. 6 North Carolina on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

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Maryland 0 0 0

No. 8 Clemson 1 1 2